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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Art Opportunity Request for Qualifications

Water Themed Sculptures & Mural

Public Art Opportunity

in Grand Rapids

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The Arts and Culture Commission received a Downtown Business Corridor Grant from the MN Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation to develop a highly visible and creative project that generates excitement, encourages citizen engagement, and engenders visible improvements. The Arts and Culture Commission’s projects will consist of three sculptures and one mural. The Commission would like to use this public art initiative to acknowledge and honor either:

  •  the significant relationship that historical and contemporary Ojibwe and/or Dakota people have with this area, OR
  • the local flora, fauna, and natural elements that are important to the region’s ecosystem and communities

The Mural Project

One artist/artist team will be commissioned to create one mural in downtown Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission is facilitating the design and creation of a mural to be located in downtown Grand Rapids. The budget for the mural is $20,000. This do-not-exceed amount must include all fees, materials, transportation, installation, storage, permits, and insurance. More information about the site will be made available to the selected artist[s].

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be experienced visual artists or artist-led teams residing in the state of Minnesota, with special preference given to artists from Northern MN.
  • Applicant must provide evidence of producing at least two commissioned public art projects of a similar scale and budget within the past ten years.

The Sculpture Project

This Request for Qualifications is for the three water-themed sculptures. Water plays a critical role in the community’s quality of life—from the Mississippi River, to the many lakes in the region, water is central to the City’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities, as well as to public health and safety. In addition, it is important to honor the significance that water has had for the region’s diverse communities and, in particular, critical for Ojibwe and Dakota people, who understand that “water is life.” Knowing what a watershed is, where our water comes from and goes to, and how we can each play a role in preserving its function and value is important, but rarely understood.

This public art initiative will raise awareness of both the many water resources available to Grand Rapids, and the everyday actions citizens and businesses can take to improve water quality.

One artist will be commissioned to create three sculptures which will be sited throughout the City.

The budget for all three sculptures is $30,000. The selected artist/team can determine the budget for each artwork, as long as the total for all expenses does not exceed this amount (must include all fees, materials, transportation, installation, storage, permits, and insurance). More information about the sites will be made available to the selected artist[s].

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Please submit all RFQ materials via email to: tpagel@ci.grand-rapids.mn.us. All materials must be received by 4 p.m., CST, Monday, November 26, 2018. No RFQs will be accepted after this time. If you need clarification or further information, contact Tom Pagel, City Administrator at: tpagel@ci.grand- rapids.mn.us or 218.326.7626

Please visit https://www.cityofgrandrapidsmn.com/9-articles/847-arts-and-culture-commission-looking-for-artists for more information about both projects.

Looking for Minnesota-based Mid-Career Public Artists to Apply!

Forecast’s 2018 Mid-Career Project Grant is open for applications

 

This grant supports the creation of a new publicly accessible temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist. Projects may be in any form or discipline, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, etc. The deadline to apply is July 18, 2017.

More information is available at http://forecastpublicart.org/mcknight-project-grant/

Starting June 15, the application will be available here: https://forecastpublicart.submittable.com/submit

 

Two Stage Application Process


Stage 1: RFQ

  • RFQs are due on July 18, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.
  • Applications will be accepted via the Submittable online application platform. Click here to apply. (Application will be open beginning June 15, 2017).
  • Complete applications include: a narrative (limit 650 words), a 2-page resume, and work samples.
  • Read application details. Please note that failure to follow application instructions may result in your application being deemed ineligible. Email grants@forecastpublicart.org with questions.
  • A panel of public art professionals will select 5 finalists, each of whom will be provided with a $1,000 stipend to support the preparation of a presentation and proposal that will be shared with the selection jury in December 2017.
  • Applicants will be notified of finalist decisions by early September.

Stage 2: Finalist Presentations

  • An informational meeting will be held for finalists in early fall and past proposal examples will be shared with finalists.
  • Presentations: Finalists will be required to prepare a 20-minute project presentation to give the panel a detailed and accurate indication of the work. Presentations can be made utilizing digital imaging programs such as Auto Cad or Sketch Up. They can be illustrated on boards or be presented as physical models or maquettes. Materials may not be returned to finalists.
  • Printed Materials: Finalists will be expected to prepare a printed proposal including at minimum a project description, budget, timeline, and a site approval letter.
  • Site approval must be secured by the date of finalist presentations (written documentation of site approval is required). It is recommended that applicants begin a discussion with site owners at the RFQ stage.

Selection Criteria

Past Recipients

2018 will be the seventh year that this grant will be awarded. Past awardees include:

 Staff Assistance

Info Session: Forecast’s Mid-Career Public Art Grants
This session will include an overview of our grants, application process, and selection criteria, as well as tips and resources for preparing strong applications!
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017
  • 6-7 p.m.
  • Forecast Public Art, 2300 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 160, St. Paul, MN 55114
  • RSVP HERE

Feedback Meetings: Limited 30-minute feedback meetings are available with Forecast staff. Dates to be announced. Applicants should come ready with materials they would like reviewed by staff.

Artist Services staff are available to answer questions and to assist applicants in navigating the application process. Email grants@forecastpublicart.org or call Jen Krava at 651-641-1128 x111.

This grant opportunity is generously funded by The McKnight Foundation.

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